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Help with Redbird Rollsign

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Hello. I have this: https://imgur.com/a/mEyWFZ8

I was wondering if someone could put a year on that based on just the font. Also, I wanted to light it from behind but I couldn't decide on a cool white or warm white. What is more authentic? I've been trying to find night pictures of it, and I have found some sources, but the images aren't too clear so I can't really tell. Maybe someone that remembers can chime in.

Thanks.

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That's from 1980 or so, part of the combined rolls with Akzidenz-Grotesk and Helvetica. That's likely a version of Akzidenz condensed. That roll would have been used from 1980 through 2003 or so, whenever that redbird car was retired. That's a good question about the backlighting. I know that some of the original side lights were actually a white-green bulb (very cool!), but I'm not sure if that applied to the front lights as well. I would think a warm light might be reflective of the dirt and yellowing that occurred over the year, but maybe somebody knows better than I do!

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Hey, thanks for responding. I did a little more searching and I came across some Youtube videos that show warmer colored lights. Of course, it's digitized from VHS so it's not totally accurate but it seems right to me.

Check out at around the 20 second mark. I know the destination light isn't on, but the bulb looks like the same as on the left.

 

Also this. Check out 19:10. Does that look yellowish to you?

 

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That’s an end destination sign, it would have been backlit with regular incandescent bulbs. Regular household bulbs or a warm LED equivalent bulb would look the best. 

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I wish I had those same incandescent bulbs because I like how it was brighter in the middle and darker towards the edges, but LED worked well too: https://imgur.com/a/ebYayr8

Thanks for responding guys.

 

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